Olive oil protects the brain from Alzheimer’s
Researchers from the University of Louisiana found that olive oil is a substance that can be used to ward off brain disease. This possibility could explain why people in the Mediterranean countries rarely have the disorder Alzheimer’s.
Previous research suggests that substances in extra virgin olive oil called oleocanthal can protect nerve cells from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
Oleocanthal is a phenylethanoid, a type of natural phenolic compound found in extra-virgin olive oil. It appears to be responsible for the burning sensation that occurs in the back of the throat when consuming extra-virgin olive oil.
Researchers then looked at the brain cells in rats. The rats were given doses of oleocanthal of extra virgin olive oil twice a day. They found that oleoanthal seems capable of producing proteins and enzymes that can remove amyloid beta in the brain.
The study, published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience suggests reasons why the Mediterranean diet containing olive oil and fish oil is good for the heart and can provide anti aging on a person’s body and brain.